by: carole l. haines
34 Mary said, “But how could this happen? I am still a virgin!”
35 Gabriel answered, “The Spirit of Holiness will fall upon you and almighty God will spread his shadow of power over you in a cloud of glory! This is why the child born to you will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God. 36 What’s more, your aged aunt, Elizabeth, has also become pregnant with a son. The ‘barren one’ is now in her sixth month. 37 Not one promise from God is empty of power, for nothing is impossible with God!”
38 Then Mary responded, saying, “This is amazing! I will be a mother for the Lord! As his servant, I accept whatever he has for me. May everything you have told me come to pass.” And the angel left her. (Luke 15: 34-38 TPT)
Mary believed God, and she bowed to His perfect will for her life. I love the above translation of her words, “As his servant, I accept whatever he has for me.”
I was reading on prayer one time, and was challenged by a concept I came across in the book. I believe it was a book on prayer by Andrew Murray, but I can’t quite remember. The concept, however, was that the majority of the work of prayer, in seeking God on a matter, was ridding ourselves of our own agendas, ambitions, and preferences, on the matter we are praying about. This struck me very deeply, as I realized that often, I was praying for my own agendas, and not seeking God for His.
It changed the way I approach prayer, God’s guidance, and seeking after Him. I desire to develop the attitude of Mary in this precious privilege of prayer and the Will of God. I spend much time, when seeking God on a matter, just sitting and allowing Him to neutralize me, remove my own thoughts about something, and give me His own thoughts. I am seeking Him on some things right now, and here is what I am praying:
As Your Servant, Dearest Lord Jesus, I accept whatever You have for me. It matters not what I want, but what You will. Your ways are higher than my ways. I surrender dearest Lord, wherever that takes me. Whatever dreams of my own I must die to, whatever ambitions I once had. As Paul says, “Whatever was gain to me, I now count as loss.” Lord, make me wholly Yours, I give you all I am, as Your Beloved Servant, Mary did, over 2,000 years ago. Amen